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Monday March 11, 2002
01:34 PM

Books?! More Books?!

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I've been thinking for a while now about picking up _Mastering Perl Algorithms_, but I don't know if I should read a basic algorithm book first (I've had a bare introduction to them in a class some time back) or not.

Decisions, decisions...

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  • You know, once you start down the rocky road of thinking you need that extra Perl book it's going to be hard to stop. I should know, trust me. I've lost count of how many Perl books I own at this point. Let's see, I can see 8 in my cubie at the moment and I know I've got more at home. FWIW, here are the Perl books inhabiting my cubicle today:

    CGI Programming with Perl
    Writing Apache Modules with Perl and C
    Programming Perl
    Perl Cookbook
    Advanced Perl Programming
    Programming the Perl DBI
    Network Programming wi
  • but I don't know if I should read a basic algorithm book first

    For most Perl users, I'd suggest the other way around. Read Mastering Algorithms with Perl first, and then if there are particular algorithmic areas where you want to get more depth then go to Cormen et al.

    We aimed to have enough theory to allow you to make an intelligent choice without overwhelming the practical aspects. I.e., it acts as an engineering book, showing you how to do the various operations in Perl.
    • I second that. I have no CS background and found the Wolf book to be very illuminating, and easy to read. It's one of my top Perl books, sometimes I even refer to the recipes for non-Perl stuff :-)

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      -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]